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~2021 Spring/Summer Anthology~
Now, let's take a look at the themes and guidelines for the first anthology of 2021!
The themes of the 2021 Anthology #1 are:
Top Theme #1: On the Ro
I have a bunch of CDs and I had to get them organized, so I'll know what I have and where they are. I'm working on my vinyl collection too but, it's a lot more work. I'm taking them out, cleaning them covering the outside in plastic and replacing the liners that need it with an after-market product. I wanted to have this list in a few different places. Anyway, gaze upon my works and despair. Yes- there are duplications (trade bait). Location is where they are. After getting this actually done I'
This scene is what inspired the banner. It's a rare moment of simple enjoyment in Kevin's life, but you can see he's hesitant to burst the bubble. Why? What has taught this youth to be so thankful for a day with his dad? Well, that's explored before this scene and more comes after. Read on and see what you think!
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This isn't an easy story to read, but sometimes that's what we need. Live the ups and downs with Kevin as he struggles to learn how to come to terms with life and all the uncertainty it can throw at a person, no matter what their age.
Description: Kevin has always had turbulence in his life, but things when suddenly go from bad to worse and he has no where to turn, he sets off to return to the one place where he was able to build good memories in his young
Happy Monday! Why is it happy? Because it's time to take a look at another review from our wonderful review team! Enjoy!
Word Count: 51,241
I’ve read quite a bit of Dabeagle’s stories over the years, and for one reason or another this is one I’ve found myself revisiting more than once since he posted it in 2019.
In Family we meet Brandon Crosby, a man with very little going on in his life. He works in an IT depart
Readers are a wide-ranging bunch and enjoy tons of different content. Some will read certain genres far more than any other - romance, sci-fi or only want happy ending stories. As a writer I can't possibly fit into all categories, nor should I. Rather than write something I wouldn't enjoy as a reader, I tend to write the strange things that flit across my consciousness and just hope someone else enjoys them too - that's the easy way. Then there's the complicated way, but to get to that I think I
Welcome to April! It's spring, love is in the air... so why not a story about a stalker alpha? How could that possibly go wrong? LOL
My Faceless Bus Stalker Alpha
Description: As if it wasn't bad enough that Avion was a Yorkshire Terrier shifter with albinism, he also had to deal with his impending birthday and a crazy Alpha.
A reader said: I missed my sassy doggos. Can't wait to see what you put out next ~Hellsheild
Is your March coming in like a lion? Or how about an Elf Hunt? Because that was the story I featured this month, The Elf's Hunt by Yeoldebard. We went from space to soul searching fantasy. What did you think about the story? Share your thoughts in the comments below, but first! A Q & A for your enjoyment.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
It depends on the characters. The Elf's Hunt sticks to the vanilla, but doesn't really have much material to go off of.
What brought you to GA?
Brother [M] called at 1:44am this morning. Dad -- who would have turned 100 on Oct. 7th -- had been sliding a bit but not rapidly. We expected something soon - but not this soon.
He was hurting quite a bit last night so Hospice gave him what M called "a very tiny amount" of morphine just to knock the edge off the pain. Before he left they said his vital signs were really good. He hadn't been sleeping that well. The morphine allowed him to relax enough to go into a deep sleep and...just di
My husband and I had our first night out in over a year in a physically distanced, but indoor dining situation. We went to a spot we love - a little, intimate place with dark, burnt orangey walls, ferrous-stained concrete floors with these glorious cracks filled with rust, and of course a terrific menu.
The servers all wore masks, and all the patrons did too until served. Between courses we masked up again, and were all more than six feet apart from other tables. To add a bit of security, I
As always, a huge thank you goes out to our review team. Without them, I don't know what you'd review on these featured story days!
Broken - A Camp Refuge Story
by Wayne Gray
Reviewer: Parker Owens
Word Count: 38,510
Broken is the fourth story in Wayne Gray’s Camp Refuge series. The story revolves around Lee, a young man with a horrific past and who has drawn the interest of the police. Camp Refuge is the last stop, the last chance, before getting swallowed
Hopefully you caught Monday's blog announcing this month's Classic Author feature is Altimexis' story, The Cajun Asian. Okay, so I don't do this often, but this section of the story just SMACKS for the title that grabbed my attention when I was picking a story to feature for Altimexis. Usually I do an excerpt that has a big more of a vague aspect, something to just highlight a character or special scene. ⚠️ Just a warning... there's a bit of a spoiler about the characters if you're looking to r
Well, the title of this story is quite deceiving... and exactly describes it at the same time. I will say it drew me in and made me want to know more. Was it describing a character? The setting? Something else...? WHAT or WHO is the Cajun Asian? Hopefully this feature will help intrigue you too.
Description: Seth and Asher are two boys growing up on New York's Lower East Side. Nearly finished with their first year at Stuyvesant, one of New York's elite public spec
When the news you get, isn’t the news you want…
My Husband, Phil, gets regular injections to his eyes for complications from diabetes. (DME) Yes, it's as bad as it sounds. It's been happening for over three years now.
Two weeks ago He saw the doctor for His regular appointment. The doctor asked the staff to go ahead and scan both eyes, not just the left. It wasn’t good news. The swelling in that right eye was back. It’s been stable for two years; it’s just been the left eye being trea
Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Stravinsky is a name that scares off many people, maybe thinking Rite of Spring, or The Firebird with lots of dissonance and it’s not for them. Which is not just a shame (both those pieces are incredible experiences with a full orchestra in a concert hall) but simply wrong. Stravinsky was not just an exceptional composer - the greatest of the twentieth century? - but wide-ranging and versatile, composing in many styles during his life and perfectly capable of wri
Well, I have my old editor and I am writing again
Today, I present for those who enjoy short stories of 5K words or less, Never Ending Struggle
It's not a massive story with heavy plots or complex characters, it's just a straight forward slice of life story. I approach modern life and its issues with honest reflection in here.
I highlight facts people don't think about from the lower paying and grinding work of teaching assistants, known as Paraprofessionals. That stuff is quit
I guess with death, a father’s wish is a simple one –
To believe it’s an easy, painless one, because
What is a father to do with the lifelong memory
Of hearing the shrieks, the cries and pleading
Begging in tones to “Take it away”; to “Make it stop”;
To “Help me; help me; help me…”
And so, for a father to live through the death of a son
And have these thoughts his constant companion
To his own end is too cruel to imagine, and, naturally,
Hard to believe it's already March! Then again, my days get all mixed up since we don't do a whole lot! Anyway, hope you all enjoy this review from our review team!
Word Count: 134,256
Well if we fancy an escape from the cold weather that many of us are suffering from, what better than a visit to Perth, Western Australia.
We meet Jexon Kendrick a veterinary student wh
It's been a while since I last visited Blogland here at the ol' GA, so I might as well update you on how things are going in my little corner of the world.
First off, my service-connected disabilities were reevaluated by the VA. I'm no longer rated at 50% for Bipolar Disorder. I've been rerated at 70% for Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar Type. The only reason I wasn't rated at 100% (the next level) was because I wasn't frequently hospitalized, had many suicide attempts, or homeless. Also, m
Welcome to March. Wow, the seasons are changing already. Well, I hope they are. And this story is about changing perceptions... are those you think bad really bad? Hmm Well, let's see. Have you read Yeoldebard's story The Elf's Hunt? Why not give it a shot this month, then come back on the discussion day to share your thoughts!
The Elf's Hunt
Description: Hope is a rogue. But that doesn't mean he's bad. Not that the world cares. All they see is a
As it appears, there was very little interest in an old school Wilderness survival story, I've discontinued work on it. It will just go into my pile of abandon story ideas.
Even so, I have just updated my request for editor/beta reader based on a new concept:
Modern Romance Fiction editor/beta request thread
I got inspired by a question in my mind after reading a few more Romance gay stories: What happens next?
Then, I reflect on my own life and wonder, would I have ended up
February and we go on! This time we're back in space because... well, I can go to space if I want to two months in a row. Hopefully you enjoyed the scifi fest with me! What did you think about Sasha's story? Share your thoughts below after you enjoy this great interview!
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Is this a trick question? I am a wolf!
What’s one location you’d love to go to research for a story?
The Arctic circle. I want to see the Great Spirits and sit in the
The “Most Promising Newcomer” award - @CaJu
The “Hercule Poirot” award for Best Deduction Skills - @ReaderPaul
The “Sigmund Freud” award for Best Character Analysis Skills - @NimirRaj
The “Awesome” award for Best Distillation Skills - @chris191070
The “Ghandi” award for Patience - @Summerabbacat
The "Best Supporting Award" All those who registered their reaction to the story.
Makes me think of Goober Grape, a brand of peanut butter with grape jelly in it. I liked it, but I think my mom only ever bought it once for us. She always made homemade jelly, which was much better, and cheaper.
I can usually edit on the fly in my head while reading. And I can also usually get past continuity errors, if the author is otherwise good (though why didn't the editor or beta-reader catch that the character has two different surnames in three consecutive paragraphs?). But if a story is too badly proofed, there can come a time when it appears the author has no real respect for his or her readers, and so I bail out of the story.
And then there was that story on Nifty, in which the author
Fred Astaire and Cary Grant were the two most debonair leading men of their generation. Their understudies were Gene Kelly and Rock Hudson, who were both classy in their own right, but more down-to-earth, ordinary-Joe types.
This is one of my favorite Dabeagle stories, because it is so sunny, despite its dark moments. It shows men stepping up to the plate and being good fathers, in contrast to so many of Dabeagle's stories, in which parents, especially fathers, are generally sorry excuses for human beings. The antithesis of Family would be Ticking, which is another of my favorite Dabeagle stories, in which the parents and surrogate parents are either neglectful or actively damaging the children in their care, thou
1804, "coin of small value," in early use the Spanish half-real, a coin circulating in Louisiana, Florida, and adjacent regions, worth about 6 cents, later a 5 cent piece; probably from Louisiana French picaillon "coin worth 5 cents," earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun "small copper coin," from picaio "money," a word of uncertain origin. Adjectival figurative sense of "paltry, mean" recorded from 181
As a note: the 'g' in whingeing is soft, so the participle is generally spelt with an 'e' after it, just as we do with "bingeing." There is a related British slang word, "minging," which rhymes with "singing" and so is written without an 'e'.
Essentially, restaurateur is French for "restorer," a restaurant being a place where people are restored or refreshed. The English word "restorator" (as in "restorer of paintings") lacks an 'n' as well.
"Restauranteur" is used commonly enough in English that it will probably become standard at some point. A similar case is chaise longue 'long chair', which many English speakers read, pronounce, and spell as "chaise lounge." These days, only the most pretentious of us would dare use the o